S (Scripture) – 1 John 5:20-21 “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” NASB
“And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” NLT
O (Observation) – We have been given this most glorious truth – that Jesus came to redeem us, restore us, complete us, and bring us into a relationship with Almighty God. No matter what our pasts look like, how insignificant we thought we were, Jesus proclaims that we are precious in God’s sight, and that He has a plan for our lives. His strength is made perfect in weakness, and He will use us in a mighty way for His kingdom if we would only yield to Him. What in the world could possibly be more important than what the God of the universe has for us?
A (Application) – It is easy to say with our lips that God’s kingdom is what dominates our minds, thoughts, and actions. However, the demands of this life and passions of the flesh can ever so easily become idols that usurp the throne of our lives that rightfully belong to God. We need to consistently and consciously take ourselves off of the throne of our lives and relinquish control to the Holy Spirit. He is the One we should be in step with each day, taking His lead, and walking in His power. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we are humans following after our own desires.
P (Prayer) – Almighty God, thank You for free gift of eternal life. It may be free for us, but it cost you everything. Jesus said that he who follows as His disciple must take up his cross daily and follow Him. May we take ourselves off of the throne of our lives and instead have only You. I give You control, Lord. Lead me, teach me, guide me, protect me…all this and so much more do You promise those who trust in You.